Jan. 18, 2012; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larranaga during the second half against Clemson Tigers at the BankUnited Center. Miami won 76-73. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Hurricanes Basketball: ‘Canes Ranked No. 24 By Blue Ribbon


College basketball is swiftly approaching and the ‘Canes enter their second season under head coach Jim LarranagaThe Blue Ribbon Yearbook lists Miami at No. 24 amongst their preseason Top 25 poll.

Miami boasts a tough schedule this season, hosting three Top 10 teams at the BankUnited Center: No. 7 Michigan State (Nov. 28), No. 6 Duke (Jan. 23) and No. 9 North Carolina (Feb. 9).  The ‘Canes will travel to face No. 9 North Carolina (Jan. 10), No. 4 NC State (Feb. 2), and No. 6 Duke (Mar. 2).  Look for Miami to possibly face No. 16 Arizona in the Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu, HI.) on Dec. 23.

In 2011, Larranaga posted a 20-13 record and led the ‘Canes to an appearance in the NIT during his first year at the helm.  He also became the first ‘Canes coach to open his UM career with 20 wins.  Miami finished 2011 tied for fourth in the ACC, a program best.

Nine scholarship players return to the ‘Canes 2012-13 roster.  There are currently six seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and two freshman on the squad.

Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Preseason Top 25

1. Indiana

2. Louisville

3. Kentucky

4. NC State

5. Michigan

6. Duke

7. Michigan State

8. Florida

9. North Carolina

10. Creighton

11. Saint Louis

12. UCLA

13. Kansas

14. Syracuse

15. UNLV

16. Arizona

17. Ohio State

18. Memphis

19. Baylor

20. Gonzaga

21. Notre Dame

22. Tennessee

23. Wisconsin

24. Miami

25. Texas

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